Hey guys, I’m still in Austin Texas at South By South West, but /Film Reader Dustin R is in Las Vegas at ShoWest, and sent us this report from the DreamWorks/Paramount event:
Hey you guys,
I was able to attend the ShoWest event last night at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV to see a pre-release version of Kung Fu Panda. You probably heard about it, and it wasn’t that big enough to post on the site. But this mini-event was pretty amazing, if gave the public probably a few hundred people along with industry reps to see roughly 95% of Kung Fu Panda in it’s completed form. The film looks brilliant; they really pushed it all the way this time, although some things seem to need a little tweaking here and there. The voice acting is great, Jack Black does a great job as well as Dustin Hoffman. But the secondary characters voiced by Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and David Cross don’t have much dialogue in the film, which makes their characters feel empty and lifeless in the voice acting and animation part.
This movie is really great though, they nailed the Kung Fu part by fusing a dash of japanese animation for the intro, and adding brilliant kung fu moves throughout the movie which is amazing to see when everything is so fluent and animated.
Another great thing about this event is that before they showed Kung Fu Panda, Jeffrey Katzenberg showed up to give a brief introduction about the small past of their animation movies. With that said, he brought up the movie Shrek, and without further announcement Mr. Mike Myers came out on stage to talk about his movie the Love Guru which stars Mike Myers, Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake. And as soon as Mike Myers brought up Jessica’s name, their she came out on stage, looking pregnant and gorgeous as always.
He showed a few clips of his movie which I have to say was sort of disappointing in my mind. All the clips had humor in them, but the jokes didn’t seem to hold up, which is rare for a Mike Myers film. It seemed like a cheap comedy film. But we still have several months before its released so who knows what post production might do to the film. Although it is funny to see Justin Timberlake as a spanish person.
If you guys want anymore 411 on the special event hit me up.
Paramount has released the movie trailer for the upcoming Mike Myers comedy The Love Guru. This looks about as funny as the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy, Don’t Mess With the Zohan. And both of the aforementioned movies make the upcoming Will Ferell/John C Reilly comedy Step Brothers look like a masterpiece.
Jessica Alba fills her quota as the token good looking romanic interest, and Justin Timberlake tries his SNL-style comedy on the big screen. Watch the trailer and please tell me what you think in the comments below.
You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on MovieFone. The Love Guru hits theaters on June 20th 2008.
Discuss: What do you think of The Love Guru movie trailer?
The first poster for Mike Myers‘s The Love Guru has arrived to tickle your funny bone like a jumbo-sized mustache. Except, if you’re like me, you already find yourself thinking about this June release, the schtick involved and the oncoming marketing blitz and your mind turns into an incurable rash. Myers stars as Pitka, an American left in India as a tyke, thus explaining his Rasputin-like appearance, a knee-slappin’ accent, and his horny nature. Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Verne Troyer aka Mini Me, Ben Kingsley (Ghandi 2, much?) and hockey co-star! Can we just cast Mini Me in a remake of The Impossible Kid and get it over with? View the full-on kooky-horoscope of a poster and its tagline after the jump…
USA Today published the first photo (seen above) of Mike Myers and Jessica Alba in The Love Guru. I’ve heard from people in the know that this film might have huge potential. However, I’m not sure that I believe that to be true. One thing is for sure, Myers looks very scary in this new get-up.
Official Plot Synopsis: In the comedy, “The Love Guru” (MIKE MYERS), Pitka is an American who was left at the gates of an ashram in India as a child and raised by gurus. He moves back to the U.S. to seek fame and fortune in the world of self-help and spirituality. His unorthodox methods are put to the test when he must settle a rift between Toronto Maple Leafs star hockey player Darren Roanoke (ROMANY MALCO) and his estranged wife. After the split, Roanoke’s wife starts dating L.A. Kings star Jacques Grande (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) out of revenge, sending her husband into a major professional skid â€“ to the horror of the teams’ owner Jane Bullard (JESSICA ALBA) and Coach Cherkov (VERNE TROYER). Pitka must return the couple to marital nirvana and get Roanoke back on his game so the team can break the 40-year-old “Bullard Curse” and win the Stanley Cup.
I’m not a huge Austin Powers fan. I know, I’m in the minority. But the one character I always got a huge kick out of was Dr. Evil. He was a perfect parody of all the great super-villains of all time. In my opinion, he was the reason why the Austin Powers trilogy was so successful. Now word comes in from our friends at FirstShowing that a fourth Austin Powers may be in the works, and it may focus completely on Dr. Evil!
“There is one that we have an idea about. The only thing I will say is that it’s entirely from Dr. Evil’s point of view. It would be the first of his trilogy,” revealed star Mike Myers. “That was a joke. I just love the bluster of saying that it’s a trilogy. Yes, it’s a twenty-five part series. No it’s not. I’m just joking.”
It doesn’t sound like anything is greenlit, but I’m sure New Line would jump at the opportunity for another Austin Powers film. Think of the possibilities that could be made by showing a movie from Dr. Evil’s point of view. Endless laughs.
I must admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Shrek films. I saw the second one when I was overtired and laughed so hard I almost lost my voice. I later watched the film again and didn’t laugh once. Anyway, Summer 2007 is going to be Sequel-mania, and Shrek 3 is part of that. The trailer for Shrek the Third can be found right after the jump.